UFC heavyweight booed as he sends ‘best wishes to Moscow’ after winning fight

UFC heavyweight Alexander Volkov was booed on Saturday night after sending a message to Moscow after winning his fight.

The Russian mixed martial artist produced a flurry of devastating punches just two minutes and 12 seconds into the first round to defeat Jairzinho Rozenstruik via a technical knockout. However, his comments during his post-fight interview inside the Octagon saw the 33-year-old receive boos from the crowd at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Speaking to Paul Felder after being declared the winner, Volkov explained: “I’m just feeling happy, to get a win again and start a win streak. Now I’m waiting for next fight. I’m ready for a challenge or anything.

“I want to say hello to Moscow and my family, to everybody who stays in Moscow and cannot get a visa to get here to USA. But my team here helped me with everything so thank you to everybody for helping and supporting me. I wish I will go forward in the future.”

The prolonged boos that met his comments could still be heard as Felder asked Volkov his second question as the small crowd let their feelings be known.

Russian fighters had previously been booed at UFC London back in March, where Volkov also headlined as he lost to Tom Aspinall via a first round armbar submission.

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However, unlike other sports, Russian athletes have not been banned from competing in the UFC following Russia's invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

That has allowed former Bellator world champion Volkov to fight inside the Octagon twice since Russian troops invaded Ukraine back on February 24.

Volkov is currently the number seven ranked heavyweight in the UFC, with his latest win coming against number eight ranked Rozenstruik.

That impressive first round victory has taken his professional MMA record to 35-10 with 23 knockouts and a record of 9-4 since joining the UFC in 2016.

The UFC is set to return to London's O2 arena for the second time in 2022 on July 23, with a stacked fight card that includes Scouse trio Paddy Pimblett, Darren Till and Molly McCann.

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